History is set to be written on Saturday with the Manchester City and Inter at Ataturk Olympic Stadium (don't miss the action on CBS and Paramount+). or the which would move them above City's bitter Manchester rivals United in terms of all-time titles. with his last success coming in 2011. The Spaniard was close in 2021 when City lost out to Chelsea and will not want to let this opportunity pass him and his players by. Guardiola certainly has fewer concerns coming into this weekend's clash in Istanbul which could see City complete a treble.between
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Kyle Walker's back has been enough of a concern for Guardiola to start without the England international while Stefan Ortega makes way for Ederson after the FA Cup final win. That was the only major expected change for part two of what could be a three-part trophy haul this season with City's starting XI close to full strength in Istanbul with Nathan Ake in for Walker.
There is no news yet on Ilkay Gundogan's future and it could be that he leaves City after captaining them in Turkey 10 years on from his UCL agony with Borussia Dortmund. Erling Haaland remains hot on Ruud van Nistelrooy's heels for the most single-season Champions League goals for an English club with 12 apiece at present. The fact that the Norwegian has never gone three straight games without scoring in the UCL suggests that he is overdue his 13th goal here.
City XI: Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Ake; Stones, Rodri; Silva, De Bruyne, Gundogan (c), Grealish; Haaland.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan suffered a thigh injury in the semifinal triumph against Milan but the former Armenia international is only fit enough for a substitute role and does not displace Marcelo Brozovic in the XI. Joaquin Correa, who suffered a calf problem in the Coppa Italia final against Fiorentina, was also passed fit to feature as a substitute. He is joined on the bench by Romelu Lukaku with Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko starting up top for Inzaghi.
Federico Dimarco was wrapped in cotton wool ahead of this one and lines up against Walker while Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij might make the bench for what could be the pair's final time as Inter players. Alessandro Bastoni, Matteo Darmian and Francesco Acerbi set to continue in front of Andre Onana -- one more shutout for the ex-Cameroon international and he would pull level with Edouard Mendy's 2021 tally of nine.
Inter XI: Onana; Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic (c), Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Martinez, Dzeko.
Arguably the most influential pregame talking point is Mkhitaryan's fitness as Brozovic starting alters Inter's midfield significantly. The 34-year-old Armenian brings technique, guile and finesse to the team while the 30-year-old Croat is more of an enforcer who could be ideal at disrupting City so that they cannot control the midfield as they did against Bayern Munich and then Real Madrid to great effect. Both bring their advantages and disadvantages, but Brozovic is the fitter given Mkhitaryan's recent struggle to recover from his latest injury. Along with the successful utilization of Hakan Calhanoglu, mainly due to his set piece prowess, getting the midfield setup is of utmost importance for Inzaghi's hopes of springing a surprise so it is logical that he has not risked Mkhitaryan's fitness. However, Walker's absence suddenly adds emphasis on Dimarco's role for Inter too.
Saturday's broadcast schedule
All times ET
- 12 p.m.: Morning Footy - UCL Edition (CBS Sports Golazo Network)
- 1:30 p.m.: UEFA Champions League Today Pre-Match Show (CBS/Paramount+)
- 3 p.m.: Manchester City vs. Inter Milan (CBS/Paramount+)
- 5:30 p.m.: UEFA Champions League Today Post-Match Show (CBS Sports Network/Paramount+)
- 6:30 p.m.: The Champions Club (CBS Sports Golazo Network)
How to watch and odds
- Date: Saturday, June 10 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Ataturk Olympic Stadium -- Istanbul
- TV: CBS | Live stream: Paramount+
- Odds: City -225; Draw: +360; Inter +600 (via Caesars Sportsbook)